Ted Woodward enters his 10th season as the Head Coach at Maine and his 18th year overall as a Black Bear in Orono, Maine. Woodward brings 27 years of Division I basketball experience at UConn, Harvard University, and Central Connecticut State University in addition to his time at UMaine. He was named Head Coach of the Black Bears on August 31, 2004, the 20th Basketball Head Coach in the University of Maine’s history.
“We are pleased to name Ted as our next men’s basketball Head Coach, said former UMaine (and now present GWU, AD, Patrick Nero), upon his hiring. “Ted shares the priorities that we have for our athletic programs. He understands the high value we put on education, citizenship and the desire for our student-athletes to excel athletically.”
Ted Woodward began his coaching career as a graduate assistant to Hall-of-Fame Coach Jim Calhoun at the University of Connecticut in 1986. He remained on the UConn staff through the 1989 season. While at UConn, the Huskies won the 1988 NIT Championship, igniting the program to national prominence and decades of outstanding success.
“Coach Calhoun was a great mentor to me, an outstanding coach and person, and provided me a wonderful learning experience in basketball and college athletics,” said Woodward.
While in Storrs, Woodward also earned his Master’s degree in Education (Athletic Administration) in 1989. Woodward then moved onto becoming a full-time assistant coach at Harvard University, where he served for Coach Peter Roby for 2 seasons in Cambridge. While at Harvard, Woodward also served as the Director of Athletic Promotions. Following his stint at Harvard, Woodward moved onto Central Connecticut State University as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Mark Adams. At CCSU, the program set a Division I era record for wins in 95-96. In 1996, Woodward began his service at the University of Maine, arriving in Orono to be Coach John Giannini’s top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, and eventually the Associate Head Coach of the UMaine program.
At Maine, the Black Bears went onto post their top-two winning seasons in the history of the school including a school-record 24 wins in the 1999-2000 season. In addition, UMaine finished as America East Championship Runner-Ups twice from 1999-2004. During that span from UConn to UMaine, Woodward coached, recruited and helped develop 5 players who went onto the NBA, and several more who played professionally in Europe.
Woodward was recognized by his peers by Rivals100hoops.com and theInsidershoops.com surveys at the time as one of the top assistant coaches in the country. He also was a specially invited guest of the International Basketball Academy, in Pula, Yugoslavia, and the Portuguese Basketball Coach’s Association, and was an invited guest to other camps and clinics at various times during his career.
Now in his 18th year in Orono, Woodward has been a part of more basketball contests than anyone in Black Bear history other than former coach and player Skip Chappelle.
As the Head Coach at Maine:
• Has led Maine to their third highest win-total in any season (19) in 2009-10
• Led the Black Bears to consecutive third-place finishes in 2009-10 and 10-11. That marked the only 2nd time in the past 20 years where Maine had finished that high in the standings in consecutive seasons
• Was chosen as the CollegeInsider.com 2009-10 America East Coach of the Year
• Was selected as a finalist for the Skip Prosser Man-of-the-Year Award. The national award is given annually to recipients who embody success on the court as well as “high moral integrit” off the court, as well on.
• Led the Black Bears to wins over 2 BCS opponents, Boston College and Penn State. The win over BC was the first for Maine in 85 years and the only win by an America East team over an ACC team that season
• Has posted a 4-2 record v. Atlantic 10 teams including wins over URI (twice), UMass, and Fordham. Maine’s three wins over the Atlantic 10 over the past four years leads the America East in that category
• Has led the Black Bears to one of just four teams in the America East who has posted a cumulative .500 or better conference record over the past four years (since 2009-10 season)
• Has graduated 27 of the 28 seniors who have played for him at UMaine, including every senior in 8 consecutive senior classes
• Recruited the first Parade All-American to attend UMaine (Garet Beal)
• Have recruited, coached, and developed several players who have gone onto play in the professional ranks in Europe or in the non-NBA professional leagues in the US. From 2005-2013, Maine has had 11 players who have played professional basketball
• Have posted a perfect 1000 APR over the past 2 season-cycles
• Has led the program to team-GPA record-setting semesters at UMaine. During the 18 semesters Coach Woodward has been Head Coach, the team GPA has been above 2.5, 17 times.
• Has coached, recruited and developed numerous Black Bears who have become All-Conference honorees (All-League, All-Rookie, or All-Defensive), All District I selections, All-Academic America East selections, and America East Scholar-Athlete honor roll winners
• Has coached numerous UMaine Scholar-Athlete award winners and Rising Stars
• Recruited and coached the 2012 Dean Smith Award winner, Andrew Rogers. Andrew was the first Men’s Basketball Dean Smith award winner over the past 20 years.
• Led the Black Bears to 3-consecutive weeks being ranked the the Mid-Major top-25 poll in 2009-10.
• Won the 100 Club Classic in November 2008, hosted by Kennesaw State U., the first in-season tournament to be won by the Black Bear’s basketball team.
Woodward is also a highly-respected member of the coaching, UMaine, and college athletic community. He has served multiple terms as a representative of the UMaine Athletic Advisory Board, is a member of the prestigious Division I NCAA Men’s Basketball Issues Committee, and a term as the coaches laiaison for the America East Conference. Furthermore, Woodward served as the Head Coach of the UMaine Men’s Golf Team from 1997-2001, also serving a one-year member of the Men’s Golf District I Committee.
Woodward graduated from Bucknell University in 1986 with a BA degree in Economics. A Suffern, NY native, Woodward is married to Linda Emery. They reside in Orono with children Jillian (19, freshman at Salve Regina University), and Tommy (16).